I think we would all agree that becoming successful in life, even under the best conditions, can be extremely difficult to accomplish. In fact, turning our dreams into reality takes a lot of prayer, preparation, and patience. So today, I want to look at dream killers. Dream killers, in my opinion, are those people, circumstances, and/or negative mindsets that kill your dream of becoming a success. Here are three common dream killers you should try to avoid.
- Lack of work ethic can kill your dreams. I am a firm believer that if you are not prepared to work hard for your dreams, you will never achieve them. Proverbs 10:4 says it in this manner, “Lazy hands make a man poor but diligent hands brings wealth.” In other words, success is not for the faint of heart. Successful people must be persistent, unyielding, and relentless in the pursuit of their dreams. Always remember, success in life never comes from wishful thinking or good intentions, you have to put in the work!
- Letting naysayers get too close to you can kill your dreams. A naysayer is a person who criticizes, objects, or opposes someone or something. We see this principle in the life of Joseph. Genesis 37:5 states, “Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more.” Don’t be naïve, there are plenty of people out there who hate the fact that you are doing well in life. The life of Joseph teaches us that sometimes the people closest to you can be the most jealous of your success. That is why you never tell your dream to a person who might try to sabotage your success. Don’t allow the naysayers an opportunity to kill your dream.
- Self-doubt can kill your dreams. When you lack confidence in yourself, you hinder your ability to be successful. The Bible explains it like this in Proverbs 23:7, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…” Always remember, you can talk yourself out of a blessing. You can make a lot of excuses as to why you are under qualified or not good enough for God’s best. But the reality of the matter is this, none of us are worthy of the goodness of God. It is only by His grace and mercy that any of us are being blessed. One thing I know for sure, God never consults your past mistakes when determining your future opportunities. So, no more self-doubt! God loves you and He wants the best for you.
Success in life can be difficult to achieve. Therefore, we must have a strong work ethic. We cannot allow the naysayers to get to close to us. We must also overcome self-doubt. Otherwise, these three dream killers will rob you of your success. I leave you today with the words of Paul found in Romans 8:37, “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”